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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The University of Alabama's president Dr. Judy Bonner sent an email to UA faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, less than a week after she took office following Dr. Guy Bailey's resignation.

In her message, Bonner says she will continue to build on the momentum of progress the university has seen in the past 10 years, especially in areas of enrollment. She added that she also recognizes that the university is also responsible for preparing students for the workforce.

See Dr. Bonner's entire message below:

Dear Colleagues:

As we complete our first week, and as we celebrate that exciting victory by our young men in Crimson last Saturday night at Tiger Stadium, allow me to share a few observations about where we are and where, with your help and support, we will continue to go in the coming years.

Clearly, the past decade has brought tremendous progress and transformational change for The University of Alabama. As I told the Board of Trustees last Thursday, I will do whatever it takes to do a good job, to build on the momentum and to seize the opportunities that are in front of us.

Our core mission obviously starts with our students. Our success in recruiting the brightest young people as members of our student body and then giving them the chance to work with the finest faculty assembled anywhere is paying big dividends. But as significant as it has been to increase our enrollment, we have an equally important responsibility to prepare our graduates to be able to get jobs in a changing – and often challenging – workplace.

A faculty member at heart, I have always seen my role as a facilitator of ideas and a problem-solver who will work with everyone to build on our vision and develop new ideas and solutions for the future. Producing a blueprint for success that builds on our rich tradition depends on making sure each of you knows that you have access to this process. Please accept this letter as your personal invitation to share your ideas and concerns with me as we work toward a common goal. The doors to the President's office will always be open to you.

The University of Alabama is a very special place for everyone who has been touched by it. All of us who have Crimson in our blood understand the life-changing way that the Capstone impacts individuals, our state and our nation. By building on our strong sense of community and our unwavering commitment to excellence, I am extremely confident that our faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents will rise to every challenge and embrace every opportunity. Together, we will ensure – and celebrate – a bright and magnificent future for our University.

Sincerely,

Judy Bonner

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